Plans for Inaugural Miami Concept Fair Changed

Guests at the SeaFair. Photo: Concept Miami.
Guests at the SeaFair. Photo: Concept Miami.

The latest addition to December’s Miami art fair scene, Concept Miami, has scaled back plans for it inaugural edition. Founder David Lester has scrapped the initial plans for the fair, which was to be held in a circular tent temporarily erected on Biscayne Bay, relocating instead to the SeaFair luxury mega yacht, which will be moored at Miami’s Bayfront Park, in the city’s expanding Arts and Entertainment District.

A representative from Concept Miami confirmed to artnet News that the fair had been unable to secure the preferred Biscayne Bay site. The massive, 228-foot-long SeaFair also plays host to the Miami International Art Fair each January.

The Concept website currently describes the event as a boutique fair “limited to approximately 35 carefully selected dealers” and as offering “a sophisticated, elegant waterfront oasis for collectors during the frenetic Art Basel Week.” On offer will be secondary market modern and contemporary works in painting, sculpture, photography, and design.

Since 1990, Lester and his wife, Lee Ann Lester, have organized 80 international fairs, including Art Miami and ArtPalmBeach, through their company, Next Level Fairs.

Concept Miami will take place December 2–7, 2014.


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